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Old January 21st, 2013, 05:27 PM
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Questions about Mantec tire carrier install

I know a lot of people on this board have one so I thought I might get some guidance here. I took everything apart off my SW and was ready to put the Mantec plate on the back of the door and noticed a few things:

1. The instructions say all the existing hardware (bolts) is reused. I lined the thing up and maybe half of the holes on the plate match up with the existing holes in the door. Is that on purpose or am I supposed to drill the remaining ones?

2. Has anybody put some epoxy sealant around backside of the plate before install? The old carrier had some sort of a gasket on it but nothing comes with the Mantec Plate. There are three gaping holes in the door and while i'm sure moisture probably won't get it, it certainly could with enough rain. Thoughts?

3. Do I need a special drill bit to get through the rear crossmember? I have some generic bits, nothing fancy, but that is some thick ass steel. Do I need a Carbide bid or anything like that? Also when drilling, did you need to remove the rear step?

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Old January 21st, 2013, 05:37 PM
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I am pretty sure you do not need to drill the rear crossmember from what I remember it uses holes that are already there.

Are you sure you purchased the proper carrier for your door? There are 2 different types of SW doors

The only holes I remember drilling were in the capping but it has been a few years
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Old January 21st, 2013, 05:40 PM
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I drilled my crossmember to add it. Didn't need a special bit.
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Use a stepped bit:
http://www.irwin.com/tools/browse/dr...it-step-drills

The lower bracket does require an extra hole in the cross member. Good idea on the gasket. You could use something as simple as a silicone caulk which would make it removable, or cut a piece of rubber to sandwich in. I wouldn't mount it metal on metal.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 07:50 PM
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I used caulk on the rear door. Don't recall drilling agile but I have replaced my x-member so maybe later ones have the required holes.
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There are two types for the SW? Mine is a 1995 NAS SW and I have no holes whatsoever. I pulled off the reflector and I have two tiny holes but none of the supplied bolts would fit through them. I would have to drill every single hole for the lower mount. Is that right?
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I'm pretty sure there are 2 models. One for earlier vehicles and one for later vehicles.
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There are two types for the SW? Mine is a 1995 NAS SW and I have no holes whatsoever. I pulled off the reflector and I have two tiny holes but none of the supplied bolts would fit through them. I would have to drill every single hole for the lower mount. Is that right?
Yes you have to drill. Mantec makes two models.

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I am referring to the style door. In addition Mantec has redesigned the lower mount. It used to angle up and cover a bit of the body. It no longer does that on any model.
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Ok thanks. I will drill and caulk the plate next weekend.

Yeah the lower plate doesn't cover any of the body, so I guess it's the updated version. Were you guys able to drill the lower bracket with the NAS step in place?
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